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The 40 Days for Life Campaign

Well, it’s the close of another 40 Days for Life campaign. The Miramar and El Cajon people had the closing ceremony Saturday, May 28 at the Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego–that’s the blue dome one often sees driving on 8. The San Marcos people had their closing ceremony the following evening at Dr. Kung’s clinic, where we’ve also ran the monthly 40 Minutes for Life. I consider the spring campaign to end when they’ve also had the Good Friday Stations of the Cross as well–this will be April 3 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in San Diego.

I found the most activity to be at the El Cajon clinic, though others have related that Saturday mornings at Miramar can be quite busy. We also got a chance to hear Alveda King and Walter Hoye speak at St. Michael’s Parish in Poway. I took Scripp’s Poway Parkway to 67 to get home. (I’ll often cruise winding roads after pro-life events.)

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more from 40 Days for Life

I’ve been trying to attend as many of the 40 Days for Life vigils as I can. This morning I attended on at the El Cajon clinic, and as is the custom, someone was handing out miscellaneous flyers to those who drove into the lot. I had a chance to look through a few of them. One of them was “What a Woman Should Know about Birth Control”. In addition to claiming hormonal contraceptives cause abortion, which I’ve discussed elsewhere, the brochure also cited a study alleging that spermicides can cause birth defects. This was a 1981 study which I remember very well, and I remember how a few years later that study was shown to be flawed.  As was the case with hormonal contraception, this had affected my relationship with women, including pro-life women, so much that I eventually came to wonder if it was wise to have even gotten involved in pro-life.  When I learned the study was flawed, I tried to get back into pro-life, but learned someone who had treated me badly a few years earlier was also getting back.  It was the last straw at that time.  I withdrew from pro-life for a couple years after that, and when I returned I discovered there were some changes in pro-life.

“Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer”–Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

40 Days for Life

And so begins another 40 Days for Life Campaign. As usual, I attended the kickoff vigils at both El Cajon and Miramar. It was noted at Miramar that they were only able to save a small portion of the babies whose mothers were coming in for abortions. A different perspective, however, was provided by Shawn Carey, one of 40DFL’s original founders when he spoke at our vigil at the El Cajon clinic. He spoke of Planned Parenthood’s former director Abby Johnson who has become pro-life, and who has admitted that the "no-show" rate increases by 75% during the campaigns. I also attended the monthly "40 Minutes for Life" in San Marcos, which is held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

One of the first pro-life activists I read about when I got involved in pro-life more than 30 years ago was Dr. John C. Willke. I recently learned of his passing.

"Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer"–Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

changes at the 40 Minutes for Life vigil

I attended the monthly 40 Minutes for Life vigil in San Marcos tonight. Turnout was probably about 25 or so. Pastor Matt announced he will be transferring to a parish in Rhode Island and will try to set up a 40 minutes for life there. Most likely, Honey Burke and/or Colette Wilson will manage things here.

40 MINUTES for Life This Sunday Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m.

I attended the 40 Days for Life kickoff vigils at both Miramar and El Cajon. The El Cajon gathering also had someone from Lifewalk that I’ve taken part in as well (Their walk is in October at De Anza Cove.). I also briefly attended one of the vigils in El Cajon. I was hoping to attend the monthly 40 Minute for Life vigil in San Marcos, but on the day I was going to go up there I discovered my car had been stolen. I contacted the Sheriff’s Department and my insurance provider. I’m quite bummed about this, because those were events I really wanted to attend.

“Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer”–Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

Another 40 Minutes for Life vigil, plus some sad news.

I managed to get down for part of the 40 Minutes for Life vigil in San Marcos. I was dismayed to learn that Gene Villinski, who has helped manage activities in San Marcos, has cancer, and it’s apparently quite advanced. That’s a situation our family is only too familiar with. The next 40 Minutes for Life vigil will be on April 27, a week after Easter. I’m hoping also to attend the Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph’s cathedral on Good Friday, April 18.

That time of year again.

The 40 Days for Life Campaign is on us once again, and as usual there were two kickoff vigils, one in El Cajon on Sunday, March 2, and the other in Miramar on Tuesday. March 4. There didn’t seem quite as much turnout at the El Cajon vigil as there was last time, though there was still a decent turnout. The readings at the Miramar vigil were interrupted by the Navy/Marine Corps flight exercises. I’m hoping to attend the daily vigils a few times. The next big event is the annual Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 18 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 4th and Beech.